A Short History of OCD

picture of a woman, 1850sEver wonder what it was like to be an OCD sufferer a hundred years ago? 200 years ago? 500 years ago? This short history aims to tell the story of the people who suffered from OCD in past times, and of the people who sought to understand and treat their perplexing illness. This history has eight more short pages.

This history will assume you are familiar with the typical symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder. If you lack this background, these definitions may be helpful.

One more thing. Let's refer to obsessions as "Os" and compulsions as "Cs."

There are various ways to write a history of OCD. This one is built around the idea that, at certain points in history, there were dramatic shifts in how OCD was understood and treated.

Okay, with those details out of the way, we're ready to begin.

Here's what's ahead:

Page 2: Overcoming Superstitious Notions
Page 3: The Clergy as Healers
Page 4: The Physicians Take Over
Page 5: The Growth of Asylums
Page 6: Medical Classification Debates
Page 7: The Freudian Revolution
Page 8: Developments Later in the 20th Century
Page 9: Where From Here?



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